adjective, dumb·er, dumb·est.
- (of a barge) without means of propulsion.
- (of any craft) without means of propulsion, steering, or signaling.
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Origin of dumb
usage note for dumb
OTHER WORDS FROM dumbdumb·ly, adverbdumb·ness, nounqua·si-dumb, adjectivequa·si-dumb·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for dumb
Law enforcement really just said, “You know, this is a dumb woman, and she’s the only one that got screwed over, and it’s just not that important.”“People want to believe”: How Love Fraud builds an absorbing docuseries around a romantic con man|Alissa Wilkinson|September 4, 2020|Vox
It seems dumb to walk away from something I’m relatively successful at when I’m not qualified to do anything else, especially right now.Social Media Feels Increasingly Toxic. What Do I Do?|Blair Braverman|August 29, 2020|Outside Online
In some ways, paintings portraits is really dumb and painting portraits of hundreds of people is ridiculous.A Closer Look at the Public Art at Chicago Police Stations|by Logan Jaffe|August 21, 2020|ProPublica
The dumbest way ever to secretly benefit a campaign contributor is to buy a building with that contributor’s name on it.
You’ll probably think this question is dumber than dumb, a waste of neurons.Does the President Matter as Much as You Think? (Ep. 404)|Stephen J. Dubner|February 6, 2020|Freakonomics
“Which proves he is as dumb as a bag of hammers,” the official says.
Does it matter whether Taylor Swift wants me to inflate my Internet notoriety by doing a dumb thing where I lip sync to her music?Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer|Arthur Chu|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The way I film is based on the assumption that the audience is as smart and dumb as I am.Inside The Secret World of London’s National Gallery|Tim Teeman|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I thought I was going to have to dumb it down for this folk-pop singer.
Republicans know the truth about these proposals deep down, or I think most do (I suppose some actually are that dumb).
The distress in Joan's face was like that which one sees in the face of a dumb animal that has received a mortal hurt.Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc|Mark Twain
He gazed at me with the dumb look of a wounded animal and was too amazed for words.Lords of the North|A. C. Laut
A family of destitute children, the eldest not yet sixteen, the youngest a dumb girl.Nobody's Boy|Hector Malot
The sight of Peter Oliphant, so unexpected an apparition, made her dumb.A Widow's Tale and Other Stories|Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
Aw, some dumb vault clerk got himself locked in, an' the locks jammed an' they can't get him out.Gladiator|Philip Wylie
British Dictionary definitions for dumb
- slow to understand; dim-witted
- foolish; stupidSee also dumb down